A strength of VALIC is that its product shelf of open-end and exchange-traded funds is, on average, offered at a minimal cost, suggesting that it considers what's best for its investor base. On average, fees for funds are in the second-lowest quintile of respective category peers. The firm’s lineup has demonstrated industry-average durability. Its 10-year risk-adjusted success ratio is 58%, meaning that 58% of strategies have both survived and beaten their respective category median on a risk-adjusted basis. A firm's success ratio indicates relative performance and provides insight into a firm’s discipline around investment strategy and product development. Portfolio management turnover at VALIC is higher than at peer firms, detracting from the overall assessment of the firm's stewardship. Turnover in the portfolio-management ranks can happen for a number of reasons, including mergers and liquidations, portfolio managers moving into other roles, or portfolio managers leaving the firm. In some cases, such change may not signal a serious or immediate problem at the firm, but can still be disruptive for investors, hinder the effectiveness of a firm’s investment processes, or suggest a weaker investment culture.
VALIC's track record as a steward is mixed, leading to an Average Parent Pillar rating.